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    I am building a near-passive haus standard, 146 sq m living space house. I am retired, but never been busier.
    I used to develop online teaching and learning resources for several northern universities. I also lectured in IT.
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  1. Everybody's got to start somewhere... But just to spite you Mr. Griffiths, I'm going to weld it all myself. So there. Harrumph.
  2. Because everyone in Local Government (and elsewhere) is being instructed to more with less.
  3. I need to make a gate for what I hope will be a reasonably secure area in our outhouse. That means a metal frame. The frame will carry some lightweight cladding - The question is what's a reasonable spec for the metal used in the frame ? 30mm square section tube?, Is that too heavy? Here's a couple of screen-grabs of a design that I'd like to follow. (from TikTok) What do you think? 25mm, square section enough ?
  4. Just to lighten the mood a bit, here have a bit of a laugh .... Yes it did hurt and I still (8 years ) later have the scar and when my foot is cold, it hurts more.
  5. Dig around just a little bit in this site and you will find the same story repeated many times. Planners - and especially Inspectors - know the score. Unless an objection is Material (to the application), it will be ignored.
  6. https://www.google.com/search?q=This+property+is+an+article+4+direction+area&rlz=1C1GEWG_enGB1046GB1046&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
  7. 'legally' - we aren't qualified to give an answer. But this is the sort of situation which needs a good coat of Common-Sense. His concern will be to reduce the likelihood and effects of a blockage. In all likelihood, all thats needed is a rodding point - which can very easily be 'lost' from view under some grass. One has been 'lost' in our garden for years. I've now marked it with a stake so it doesn't get smashed by a digger - again. A photo or plan, or both would help us help you. An indication of scale would help even more.
  8. Welcome. I really like @Jilly's suggestion about designing it yourself: I bet though that there's not very much money in self-build design. We're all too cash-strapped. Your comment about building networks are exactly correct: it's a nightmare. Our local pub is - every evening - from 4:30 to 6:30pm full of white-van-men (no wimmin in sight: SWMBO hates it there before they all leave for their evening meal) . Just the kind of person you need now. They come in to the pub with five jobs on the go , and leave with another three in prospect. I'm not suggesting that dipsomania is where building 'is-at', but the local building skills networks are as hard to break into as any local golf-club or Rotary Circle. Find out where your Building-Network meets. The issue tested (and is still - but less so- testing me) to my limits. Hence DIY - straight out of Project Management Theory - Three Pillars etc. One Bhubber called coping with that barrier - DIYMAX. Gets the job done and you learn a lot.
  9. Honestly lads, I'm too young for all of this. (71)
  10. Not sure this is practicable, but I'd consider putting some other wee beastie in there which predates the moth larvae. Once that food source disappears -maybe- beastie will pack its bags and go too? Naaaaaahhh, too simple.
  11. If you are asking a question about barriers and something as common as people falling over --- then the answer is YES. One day, it could be you. God forbid. Or a toddler, or .......
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